Category Archives: For Referents

80% of Young Adults Report Depression During COVID-19, Study Says

The mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are just beginning to be understood. According to early studies, young adults feel the impact of social isolation and loneliness more than other age groups. For many, the pandemic derailed their hopes and plans during a critical transition into adulthood. Lost wages, less time with friends, missing […]

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January is Mental Wellness Month

The new year is here. We hope you’re ready to start off on a good foot and make this year great, because we are. We won’t mention why we want 2021 to be an amazing year, or why we – at the very least – want it to be better than 2020. To be fair, […]

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For Therapists: The Challenges of Working With Teenagers

At Evolve Treatment Centers, our mission is to support adolescents with mental health, alcohol, and/or substance use issues. Our clinicians are committed to helping each of our teens create a life worth living, despite the challenges they face. Whether those challenges are related to emotional disorders/dysregulation, defiant/life-interrupting behavior, or the disordered use of alcohol or […]

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Virtual School: How to Reset for a Better Second Semester

By now we should all be experts at virtual school. We had a practice run last spring, time to recalibrate over the summer, and then a second shot at virtual school this fall. This article is for families that haven’t quite got the hang of virtual school yet. We understand. Virtual school is not for […]

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What Do You Do in the Middle of an Adolescent Meltdown?

In our article  “What Causes Adolescent Meltdowns? ” we shared that adolescents with oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), conduct disorder, sensory processing disorder, or other behavioral issues can have frequent meltdowns or temper tantrums. So can teens with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, emotion […]

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Winter Break: Time for a COVID Mental Health Check-In

The holidays are finally here. Which means the new year is right around the corner. This means that very soon, we all get to put 2020 behind us, and look forward to a better 2021. We don’t need to reiterate why everyone is excited to turn the page. We know every one of you is […]

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Kate Atwood Dispels Two Myths About Childhood Loss and Grief

In a recent Ted Talk, grief specialist Kate Atwood spoke about the topic of childhood loss and grief. The statistics on childhood loss are alarming. For example, did you know that one in fourteen children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they turn eighteen? In some states that […]

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What Causes Adolescent Meltdowns?

Most parents think meltdowns should only happen during toddlerhood, and – if they last past toddlerhood – they should end by late childhood. Just so we’re on the same page, experts generally agree that toddlerhood happens between ages two and five, and childhood ends at around age twelve. By the time adolescence arrives at age […]

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How Blended Families Make the Holidays Work

When we think of blended families in the U.S. we often forget we have an iconic example of a blended family that was mainstream, popular, and widely accepted by the public as a new norm in our society – and that was 50 years ago. Can you name the family? If you guessed instantly that […]

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